If you have allergies, you may have noticed your symptoms getting worse with each passing year, a trend many experts attribute to rising temperatures associated with climate change. According to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI), our shifting weather patterns increase both the levels of pollen and the amount of time it sticks around.
“Over the past several decades, we’ve seen a steady rise in seasonal pollen levels and in the number of adults experiencing allergies for the first time,” says Clifford Bassett, MD, founder and medical director of Allergy and Asthma Care of New York, and author of the book, The New Allergy Solution: Supercharge Resistance, Slash Medication, Stop Suffering.
And while some people have seasonal allergies, Dr. Bassett notes year-round allergies caused by dust mites and pet dander may be worsened by airborne allergens like pollen.
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